Preparations are in full-swing for our most popular concert of the year, as well as the favourites we have a number of great pieces that we haven't played before.
Following feedback from previous years we have arranged to open the venue just after 6pm so our audience members can arrive at a leisurely time with no rush to beat the traffic or find a parking space etc.
Drinks will be available, talented local artist Alex Ward will be playing some jazz piano and you will be free to relax, socialise and wander around this beautiful cathedral.
See you at Christmas Magic, Cathedral of The Holy Trinity in Parnell, Saturday 7th December.
Have you ever wondered what the adjudicator gives to a band after they perform at a competition? At the NZ championships we are given a set of written comments as well as a recording with the judge giving his opinions as the band plays.
For our own choice this year we performed Philip Sparke's 'Music of the Spheres' and scored a huge 148 out of 150.
Below are the written comments of chief adjudicator Stephen Bulla uncensored, underlined text here was also underlined on the judge's sheet:
For a local contest the band can drive over at leisure, if it's on the South Island we can fly down and ride a coach around. If it's at the other end of the North Island though we all feel obliged to stay at work as long as possible which leads to lengthy overnight (or early morning) drives.